93 Points - Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Gold Medal - 2019 San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge
This rich and full-bodied Zinfandel is graced with an elegant structure and richly nuanced flavors of blackberries and ripe cherries. A subtle waft of roasted coffee beans and lightly toasted almonds entwines with soft raspberries in a luxuriously long and persistent finish. Food-friendly and pairs beautifully with a wide array of dishes, such as sausage pizza, grilled shish-kabobs or roasted rack of lamb.
Vintage: For the third year in a row, Napa Valley experienced an exceptional vintage, aided by near drought conditions. The yield was smaller than 2013, due to drought and a warmer growing season. July’s relatively low temperatures, coupled with high relative humidity, slowed down sugar accumulation to achieve perfect ripeness with lower alcohol. Harvest started and ended about two weeks earlier than normal, producing superb quality.
Vineyard: Their 34-acre vineyard above Calistoga is the warmest of the five vineyards and the sole source of our Zinfandel. Its northeast exposure catches abundant morning sun but is shaded from the hot, late afternoon sun and combined with the vineyard’s gravelly loam soils, creates the perfect spot to grow this varietal. They farm all of their vineyards naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.
Fermentation: indigenous yeast
Harvest date: Sept 16- Oct 4, 2014
Sugar: 24.8% degrees Brix at Harvest
Bottling date: March 2016
Release Date: December 2017
Total acid: 5.7 g/L
Time in oak: 16 months
Type of oak: French oak
Blend: 97% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah
93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Polished and elegantly layered Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah offers red plum and black cherry on the nose, with scent of cigar box, forest floor, bay, baking spices and vanilla. Expressive black raspberry, sassafras and smoky pepper flavors that linger with salted dark chocolate, red plum, black raspberry, and cherry on the finish.
93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Dark fruit aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, black cherry with sage, marjoram and baking spice. The palate full and hearty yet crisp in texture, blending dark cherry with black cardamom, white pepper, currant and dark chocolate, as the acidity and tannins push through to the finish. A gorgeous expressive wine!
93 Points, Vinous
A great example of where Cabernet's structure and depth are balanced by Syrah's jammy fruit-forward flavors. Savory aromas of dark berries, cassis, baking spices and vanilla that intermingle with earthy notes of dried tobacco, cigar box and saddle leather. Notes of dark fruit flavors carry on to the palate, with dark chocolate, vanilla and a hint of black currant.